Aaron Nystedt

Co-Founder

Aaron attended Saint Cloud State University (SCSU) where he received his B.S. in Community Psychology. He obtained his masters from SCSU in Applied Behavior Analysis where he conducted research on non-contingent reinforcement interventions and error correction procedures. Aaron is a conference presentation award winner and has previously sat as a chair member on the MNABA board. He has been working in the field of ABA since 2006. His experience includes functional behavior assessment, function-based intervention, and social skills training with clients from ages 18 months to 81 years of age. Aaron has been a BCBA since January 2011 and has an extensive history of working in staff leadership roles and developing multiple BCBAs clinical skill sets.

Leah Wood

Co-Founder

Leah attended Murray State University where she received her B.A. in Psychology and Social Welfare. She completed her masters in Experimental Psychology where she conducted research on decision-making styles and emotional intelligence. Leah later earned her post-masters certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of Colorado, Denver. She has been working in the field of ABA since 2008. Her experience includes conducting functional assessments, behavior reduction programming, in-home case management, parent training, early-intervention, and social skills training with clients from age 1-50+. Leah has been a BCBA since May 2013.

Elizabeth Grishaw

Clinical Director, Peninsula Region

Elizabeth attended Santa Clara University where she received dual undergraduate degrees; her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Music. She later obtained her graduate degree from Penn State University; a Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Elizabeth has been working in the field of ABA since 2014. Her experience includes conducting functional behavior assessments, designing and implementing behavior intervention plans, and parent training with clients ranging from 1.5 – 19 years of age. Elizabeth has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since November 2017. She is passionate about supporting and training behavior technicians, registered behavior technicians (RBTs), and program supervisors using evidence-based practices such as Behavioral Skills Training (BST). As a Clinical Director, Elizabeth spearheaded Bay ABA's electronic data collection project in 2020. She's also a volunteer in the community where she leads a monthly social skills group for adults on the Autism spectrum. Due in part to her clinical experience and collaborative approach with caregivers, a number of Elizabeth's clients have successfully transitioned out of services back into their natural environment.

Jennifer Kyndall Allen

Clinical Director, San Jose Region

Kyndall attended the University of Central Florida and received two Bachelors of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology, respectively. She then attended the University of Santa Clara and completed a Master of the Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy specializing in at-risk youth services. During and post receiving her masters she worked in a local school and after school counseling program that helped children who were identified as having behavioral concerns preventing positive school-based experiences. In 2015 she began pursuing her certification in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) from Florida Institute of Technology and working within the field of ABA specifically. Since then, Kyndall has worked with a variety of children and adults ranging in age from 15 months to 26 years. Her work has included working with populations with varying co-morbid diagnosis that have included ASD, apraxia, ADHD, selective mutism, conduct disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Over that time, she has gained experience in functional assessment, behavior reduction programming, social skills training, early intervention, and parent training.

Kevin Casaretto

Behavior Analyst

Kevin attended University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) where he received his B.A. in Psychology. He completed his masters from Florida Institute of Technology in Professional Behavioral Analysis. He has been working in the field of ABA since 2015. His experience includes early intensive behavioral intervention, function-based intervention, challenging behavior reduction and social skills training with clients ages 18 months to 23 years of age. Kevin has been a BCBA since August 2020. His hobbies include DJing, outrigger canoeing, and following the Golden State Warriors.

Ica Cabral

Behavior Analyst / Field Trainer

Ica attended Dominican University of California where she received her B.S. in Psychology. She obtained her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has been working in the field of ABA since 2016. Her experience includes early-intervention, social skills training, and implementation of behavior reduction programs with clients from 18 months-17 years of age.

Carolina Cordova

Behavior Analyst

Carolina obtained her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism from Ball State University. She has been working in the field of ABA since 2017. Her experience includes early-intervention, skill acquisition training, behavioral skills training, and implementation of behavior reduction programs with clients from 18 months to 11 years of age.

Rachel Duff

Operations Supervisor

Rachel received her undergraduate instruction from Cal State University of Long Beach with special focus in Creative Writing. She has been working in the ABA industry since 2014 with a life long passion for the special needs community. She currently handles a variety of operational tasks such as compliance, insurance inquiries, scheduling and billing while implementing our core values agency-wide.

Kaylyn Lanning

Operations Coordinator

Kaylyn attended California State University, Fresno where she received her B.A. in Psychology. She has been working in the ABA field since 2014. She received her Registered Behavior Technician Certificate in 2015. Her experience includes early-intervention services with clients from 18 months to 10 years of age. She also has over six years of experience in the administrative field. She currently handles a variety of administrative tasks such as scheduling, finance, and human resources while implementing our core values throughout the company.

Chaileen Smith-Preis

Recruitment Coordinator

Chaileen attended the University of California Davis where she received her B.A. in Psychology. Chaileen first started working in the field of ABA in 2014 and received her RBT certification in 2019. Her experience includes early intervention services for clients from 20 months to 11 years of age. Her other responsibilities include staff recruitment as well as social media and company newsletter management.

Our employees represent a diverse workforce! Bay ABA does not discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, mental or physical disability, or age. We are an inclusive workplace that promotes all backgrounds!